Tag: Ambient Music

EASTSIDE 1981

‘Discernible Connection’ by Zoolon A couple of weeks back I mentioned that I’d post my tribute to Francesca Woodman, the amazingly talented photographic artist whose work didn’t make it big until after she had committed suicide, in New York, in January 1981, aged just 22. The tribute is in two parts. The first a song

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STINGING NETTLES, BOMBS & A CAGE

‘The Bits the Bomb Left Behind’ by Zoolon I’m cursed with allergies to pollen and dust. I do all the right things, take Loratadine tablets, live in sunglasses 24/7, stuff Vaseline up my nose, encase all the bedding. Stuff like that. Nothing works. This time of the year when pollen levels are off the scale,

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STEFAN & GARDENS IN THE AIR

(Stefan the Heron) It was good that the camera had decent zoom otherwise Stefan the Belgian Heron – who I thought was just an OK, plastic garden ornament until he flew away in style – would have missed the cut for this post. I did try to get to chat with Stefan from a distance

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‘THE WORDS & THOUGHTS OF A DYSLEXIC MUSICIAN’

(Cover art by Rachel Carrera) I was going to give this book the title, ‘Things That Happen to Me When I Glaze Over’ or ‘Pieces of Me’. Both of those were more or less accurate but, in the end, I decided upon ‘The Words & Thoughts of a Dyslexic Musician’ because that is what it

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UNDER A YELLOW SKY

‘Magic Glue’ by Zoolon I made quick pen and paper notes while I was in Belgium, hoping I could read back what I wrote. My handwriting is useless. The photo above I took from ground level in a wild garden in a town called Braine Le Chateau. Here’s a few of the random words I

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‘AVIDITY’ – YOUR POEM PUT TO SONG

‘Too Good to be True?’ – unknown sculptor I’ve just returned from the Walloon region of Belgium where – at least I think I’m right – every word in the local dialect begins with a ‘Z’ and most words have at least 72 syllables and the letter ‘B’ is a rare inclusion. Odd and hardly

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‘TIME ITSELF’ & MUSHROOMS

  ‘One Day Soon’ by Zoolon For once, body pong levels and smelly breath weren’t too bad in the queue at the post office yesterday even though it was a hot day. Maybe my own breath wasn’t too good as I’ve been adding a lot of garlic to my mushroom cooking. Worrying, as I’m addicted

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THE BUS STOP & THE CANINE KID

‘A Chair’ by Someone Who Wanted a Chair This is a 100% true. Just up from where I live there’s a road that I’m beginning to think is in another dimension in time and space. A big concept to take in.  I’ll explain. The road in question leads out of town into the countryside behind

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RED MIST & EMPTY BOXES

‘Empty Boxes’ by Zoolon All along the coast I keep seeing empty boxes no one lives in or ever seems to use. All around the towns I keep seeing homeless people sleeping in shop doorways. A bit like the Jewish proverb, ‘A penny is a lot of money, if you haven’t got a penny’.  In

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SHOPLIFTERS & SIGNWRITERS

‘The Face of Summer’s Shadow’ photo by Zoolon No idea who painted the graffiti A while back, I’d gone into a Poundland store for a carton of milk. Not thinking, I asked the girl at the till how much she wanted for it. She sighed, looked at me like I was an idiot, raised her

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